The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is sponsoring a shelter shower to benefit The Haven on October 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard Eckert Center.
The Haven is a shelter serving victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Mason, McCulloch, and Menard Counties.
A victim caught in the web of domestic abuse has a way of escaping because places like The Haven exist. A call to the hotline 325-597-7644, begins the process. With help and encouragement, the victim in many cases must leave his or her abuser with only the clothes on their backs. Personnel of the shelter help put the victim in touch with medical help when they have been beaten; with legal advice if necessary; and provide a safe place to stay until other arrangements can be made. In order to help victims, The Haven needs community support. Basic items are always needed such as non perishable food items, personal hygiene products, diapers, bottled water, ziplock bags, and bedding. Also some used items such as cooking utensils, trash cans, suit cases, clothing, and furniture are needed. Gift cards can be given and give the option of Haven personnel purchasing particular pressing needs.
Members of the community who wish to help in collecting and donating items for this worthy cause may drop items off at Hemphill Insurance if unable to attend the shower.
However, members of the club and members of the community at large are encouraged to attend the shower and bring items to the Eckert Center. A representative of The Haven will speak and give an update on current activities of the shelter.
Providing a chance to escape family violence by donating needed items to the shelter in our area will help stamp out this pervasive modern day problem. Almost everyone knows someone who needs this support system. Shedding a light on the problem, education, and supporting those who wish to begin a life free of violence is the purpose of the meeting.